Police in Takeo province’s Kirivong district on Saturday arrested a man who allegedly hacked a woman, severing one ear and causing serious injuries, over a $9 debt.
Major Neth Bunthoeun, district deputy police chief, yesterday identified the suspect as Yong Dos, 43, a farmer, living in Ta’O commune, and the victim as Mao Kimhoeun, 58, also a farmer in the commune.
He said that at about 4.30 pm on Saturday, the victim rode her bicycle to the suspect’s house to ask him to return 36,500 riels [about $9] which he borrowed from her three months earlier.
Maj Bunthoeun said that when Ms Kimhoeun arrived at the house and demanded her money, Mr Dos told her that he had kept money in a banana farm behind his house and asked her to follow him there.
He said that when they reached a secluded spot, the suspect took a machete and hacked the victim several times, causing serious injuries.
“He was angry with the victim for often coming over to his house to demand repayment,” Maj Bunthoeun said. “So he hacked her several times on her neck and ear, causing her right ear to be completely severed and also other serious injuries.”
He noted that the victim managed to flee and rode to the commune police post to seek help. Commune police took her to the provincial referral hospital.
Maj Bunthoeun said that Mr Dos was arrested at about 5pm on Saturday at his house and police seized a machete from him.
Major General Ouk Samnang, provincial police chief, yesterday said that the suspect is accused of committing acts of intentional violence with aggravating circumstances and faces up to five years in jail if convicted.
He said Mr Dos is still being held at the provincial police headquarters and will be sent to the provincial court today.